Subject: Re: Academic or Not?
From: Larry Austin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Jul 10 1999 - 08:00:38 EDT
KEVIN AUSTIN wrote:
> I think that one way to look at this is not to look at the piece itself
> and call it academic/non-academic, but to look at the environment and
> context within which it is being so-labeled.
Yes, I agree. Here's an example from my own experience:
John Cage, to Austin, after hearing Austin's 'Canadian Coastlines:
Canonic Fractals for Musicians and Computer Band', in a concert at the 1981
International Computer Music Conference, Denton, Texas, Nov. 5, 1981:
"I think it's beautiful, Larry. I don't understand it."
Prof. Leo Kraft, distinguished theorist and composer, to Austin, after
'Canadian Coastlines', in a concert at the 1983 American Society of
University Composers, Baton Rouge, Feb. 26, 1983:
"Actually, Larry, I didn't like it. I don't understand it."
Other examples abound.
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